Learn the basics of NeurOptimal neurofeedback training and how it can help with ADHD, concussion, anxiety and depression symptoms. First question to ask is how does neurofeedback work? NeurOptimal© neurofeedback works by training the brain to use present moment information to decide what to do next, rather than old, often out-of-date information. This advanced brain training technology--developed in part by, NASA-level engineers -- works by triggering what’s called the orienting response, which is the brain’s ability to sense change in the environment and take in new information about what is different.
What Happens in a NeurOptimal Session?
During a neurofeedback session, EEG sensors are placed on the head and ears to collect the information about the brain’s activity, which gets fed into the technician’s computer. During a NeurOptimal neurofeedback session you sit and listen to music. When your brain is about to do something new, i.e. change states, it does a certain kind of “electrical dance”, which the software identifies. When that “dance” is detected the computer program stops the music in milliseconds. Interrupting the music trigger the orienting response and the brain “comes into the present” and sees what it was about to do and also takes in information about the external environment. And all of this brain activity happens milliseconds and outside of your conscious awareness!
How does triggering the brain’s orienting response lead to alleviating symptoms such as anxiety or depression?
When the brain orients it sees what it was about to do habitually and whether it is an efficient and effective response to the here-and-now. Some of our habits are efficient and effective – the brain won’t shift that functioning – but some of our habits, such as those that are labeled ADHD, aren’t. The brain sees what it is doing that is not effective or efficient, and because of its design — to function optimally — the brain starts to shift its behavior. It also learns that the best way to function is by relying on the present moment to gather information, rather than using old, out-of-date information.
Does Neurofeedback Work?
Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, leading expert on treating trauma thinks so. In his book The Body Keeps the Score, he discusses various treatments and recommends neurofeedback for PTSD as important part of a treatment plan. Read his research on Neurofeedback and PTSD here.
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Because of what we witness at our neurofeedback clinics in NYC, Pasadena and Boulder we are very passionate about neurofeedback for concussion recovery. We get people coming as a "last resort" after cognitive rest hasn't worked and very quickly they are feeling better: headaches, dizziness, sleep problems much improved. Unfortunately there has yet to be enough research for neurologists to recommend it as a first level intervention but we are hopeful that in the coming years, as the anecdotal information spreads that the studies will follow.
Did you know? The American Pediatric Association recommends neurofeedback for ADHD as a Level 1 intervention. Read our Case Study: Neurofeedback for ADHD/ADD
Neurofeedback Therapy Reviews
"Whenever I am starting to lose my way or feeling the anxiety arising again if I have another session or two of neurofeedback and it helps me get back on track. It makes no sense to me but I do experience results.”Watch video reviews of our clients who have trained for symptom relief from ADHD & ADD, anxiety, depression and brain injuries.
What are the Best Neurofeedback Training Options?
We offer advanced neurofeedback home unit rentals which can be shipped directly to your home - it is the most affordable, convenient and cost-effective option. The training is exactly the same training as in our clinics.
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